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Friday, March 03, 2006

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison was speaking at Oracle OpenWorld Tokyo when he explained that idea:

Open source becomes successful when major industrial corporations invest heavily in that open source product. Every open source product that has become tremendously successful became successful because of huge dollar investments from commercial IT operations like IBM and Oracle and Intel and others.

He went on to say that “Red Hat didn’t make Linux: IBM made Linux, Intel made Linux, Oracle made Linux.” It remains to be seen if Autodesk will make MapServer and other products “real.”

via Slashdot

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 12:34 PM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

Consultores en Computacin y Contabilidad (CCC) was a software reseller in Mexico, until it shut down after allegations from the Business Software Alliance that it sold pirated software. Vctor Rendn’s company was first searched by BSA in 1998 after a tip from the Mexican office of that organization. Some eight years later a court ruled that the “companies [Microsoft, Symantec, Adobe Systems and Autodesk] had falsified testimonies and evidence.”

The four software giants were ordered to pay Rendn US$90mn in damages, according to the local daily paper, Milenio. Redn’s lawyer said that the companies “orchestrated a campaign” to get the company out of the software business.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 08:06 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

The University of Texas at Arlington offered a find the criminal “contest” to get its community involved in GIS. Joshua Been, geographic information systems librarian, developed the crime puzzle and led a workshop to get those interested started. While a fellow from Ottawa got the right answer, only those at the University were eligible to win the prize. In all, 16 correct answers were given before the deadline, with 5 from students.

This is very clever and I suspect Mr. Been will get a lot of calls from other educator wanted to try out his methodology. He got the idea, by the way, from watching the “Numbers” TV show.

Only on thing concerned me regarding the article in the Shorthorn, the school paper, this quote:

An example of a geographic information system would be Google’s mapping service, he said.


by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:21 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

I noted earlier this week that the Topo Employess blog, which covered fact and rumor about the potential closing the Rolla office and consolidation in Denver and other USGS topics had shut down. Today I learned, via anonymous e-mail, it has a successor, Topo Employees, Too.

It’s a group blog and the owner offers specific suggestions on how to post safely and anonymously.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 07:10 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share

A long and detailed article from Computing offers the pros and cons and some potential uses of Galileo. I thought this quote from Sean Phelan, founder of Mulitimap showed the correct reserve:

I’ll believe we have a European satellite navigation system when it works.

One thing I keep noticing is that while many of Galileo promoters want to say that the new system will enable “new” services, in fact all they really speak about is how existing GPS-based services will get better. “There’ll be more satellites to track” and “the signals will be stronger” are the main discussions.

by Adena Schutzberg on 03/03 at 06:50 AM | Comments | Bookmark and Share
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